Events, Meetings & Announcements


DeKalb Photo Content for Parks & Recreation Month

July 2015

DeKalb County Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs, The Champion Newspaper, Discover DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau and Southern Airways Express are presenting a photography contenst focused on increasing awareness of the county's parks and recreational facilities. The contenst will run through July, and winners will be recognized at an event in September at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. For all contest details, visit the DeKalb County website.

FREE Yoga in Woodruff Park

Wednesdays, May to July - Woodruff Park - 6pm

No explanation needed ... just FREE yoga in Woodruff Park! Every Wednesday, May through July at 6pm. Bring a mat or towel, water and join Central Atlanta Progress / Atlanta Downtown Improvement District. More information on the CAP / ADID website

FREE Composting Workshops

Runs through October - Various Locations

The Food Well Alliance has announced their Healthy Soil, Healthy Community Initiative, a collaborative effort to support community gardening through educational tools, technical assistance, online resources and community events. Free compost workshops are available from June through October, and are designed to help you improve your garden's soil and increase your composting skills. In addition to the workshops, your garden may be qualified to receive a Healthy Soil Tool Kit consisting of: quality compost, a compost bin, a compoting thermometer, a soil test, a weatherproof instructional sign, and a healthy soil recourse guide. For more information and to register, visit the Food Well Alliance website.

Mayor's Summer Reading Club Event with Friends of Reverend James Orange Park

July 28th-31st - Rev.James Orange Park - 2pm

It's storytelling time! The Friends of Reverend James Orange Park at Oakland City and the Oakland City Community Organization Welcomes Children ages 5-8 to the Mayor's Summer Reading Club! From Tuesday, July 28 - Friday, July 31, there will be FREE games, snacks, drama, music and storytelling at Reverend James Orange Park from 2-5pm. There will even be a special performace for parents with refreshments on Friday, July 31st from 6:30-8pm. Contact friendsrjop_chair@hotmail.com for a registration form.

Mayor's Summer Reading Club: Neighborhood Block Party

Aug. 1 - High Museum of Art - 10am

Participants of the Mayor's Summer Reading Club are invite to a Neighborhood Block Party! There will be live music, arts and crafts, a performance of "Dad, Jackie and Me" and "Amari's Shining Moment" from the Alliance Theatre's Summer Drama Day Camps, a talent show and the announcement of the winners of the "Read and Believe" video competition. Admission is free, and Fulton County residents will have free entry to the High Museum of Art. Event takes place at the High Museum of Art from 10am - 1pm. For more information and a full calendar of events, visit www.mayorsreadingclub.org.

Celebration at Anthony Flanagan Recreation Center

August 6 - Anthony Flanagan Rec. Center - 11a

Mayor Kasim Reed, Councilmember C.T. Martin and The Department of Parks and Recreation cordially invite you to attend the celebration of the new Anthony Flanagan Recreation Center at West Manor Park (3240 W. Manor Circle, SW, Atlanta, GA 30311) on Thursday, August 6th at 11 a.m.

Movies in the Park: Million Dollar Arm

August 7 - Historic Fourth Ward Park - 8:30pm

Join us for a movie in the park as the City of Atlanta presents "Million Dollar Arm" in Historic Fourth Ward Park on Friday, August 7. The Play Mobile will also be on-site from 6-8pm - come out and enjoy an evening in the park!

Firefly Hike at Blue Heron Nature Preserve

August 8 - Blue Heron Nature Preserve - 7:30a

Catch the last glow of summer! Join your friends at Blue Heron Nature Preserve (4055 Roswell Rd. Atlanta, GA 30342) on Saturday, August 8th from 7:30 - 9 p.m. for a special night hike for all ages. We will make our own bug catchers to catch and release fireflies, take a guided hike on one of our trails as evening falls, enjoy special night hike activities and cool down with gelato provided by Honeysuckle! Space is limited - RSVP by calling 678-315-0836. $10/adult or $5/child.

New Teen Room at Centers of Hope at Pittman Park

August 8 - Pittman Park Rec. Center - 10:30am

You're invited to join the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation and the Atlanta Hawks as they unveil a new teen room at Centers of Hope at Pittman Park (950 Garibaldi St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30310) from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. The event will be hosted by Hawks PA announcer and radio personality, Ryan Cameron. Special guests include the Atlanta Hawks cheerleaders, mascot Harry the Hawk and other Hawks executives. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

Chattahoochee Kayak with Eco-A

August 8 - Chattahoochee Bend State Park

Join Eco-A on this kayak trip on the Chattahoochee with optional camping at Chattahoochee Bend State Park. This is a beautiful section of the river with interesting flora and wildlife. For more information and to register, visit the Eco-A website.

Volunteer at Mountain Way Common

Aug. 8 - Mountain Way Common - 9am

Join us for this special volunteer opportunitiy with Park Pride at Mountain Way Common on August 8th! One of the newest parks in the City of Atlanta parks inventory, Mountain Way Common's location under GA 400 and along Nancy Creek offers a unique opportunitiy for creating a public space. For our Park Pride workday on August 8th, volunteers will be helping to build a rock staircase, clearing invasive plants and working on maintaining the existing trails in the park. For more information and to register, visit the registration page.

Parks Atlanta Rescue Coalition (PARC)

August 12 - Phoenix Park II - 7:30am

On the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30am, Park Pride brings together community leaders and park advocates from throughout Atlanta for education, networking and strategy. Representatives from dozens of Friends of the Park Groups, park conservancies and the parks department visit a different park to learn more about the community efforts in that park, discuss current park and greenspace issues and support each other in efforts to improve our parks and our park system. Join us on August 12th at Phoenix Park II in the Summerhill neighborhood (141 Martin St. SE / Georgia Ave., Atlanta, GA 30315).

Green Drinks at Trees Atlanta

August 12 - Trees Atlanta - 6pm

To celebrate August's Atlanta Green Drinks, we invite you to enjoy free beer with us at Trees Atlanta's beautiful Kendeda Center in Reynoldstown. Their amazing staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly since 1985 protecting Atlanta's forests; let's show them some love! Free entry, free beer from Red Hare Brewing Company and free snacks from SkinnyPop. Pop Dog Atlanta will also be serving up hotdogs with a special discount for guests. Everyone is welcome! Please RSVP here!

Forest to Table: Edibles from the Forest

August 13 - Trees Atlanta TreeHouse - 7pm

Forest to Tables, a panel discussion and dialog, will bring together an interesting trio of speakers who will conduct a conversation on native fruit trees as an essential and fascinating part of the urban forest, looking at the urban forest as a source of food for both humans and wildlife, and where food is found, communities grow. Join Trees Atlanta as they host a novelist in search of PawPaws, the "Atlanta Fruit Tree Man," and a conservationist of backyard habitats. The conversation will explore fruit trees as foraged food, cultivated fruits, and places that support all parts of the urban ecology. For more information and to RSVP for this FREE event, visit the Trees Atlanta website.

Police in the Park: Washington Park

August 16 - Washington Park - 1pm

Police in the Park events will allow citizens to meet police officers to develop relationships that will help prevent crime. Free refreshments and kids activities will be provided! On Sunday, August 16th, meet the police in Washington Park from 1-4pm (1125 Lena St NW, Atlanta, GA 30312). The Department of Parks and Recreation PLAY MOBILE will be stationed at all Police in the Park events. The Play Mobile is a recreation center on wheels equipped with scooters, hula-hoops, arts and crafts, ring toss and much more.

Volunteer at Constitution Lakes

Aug. 22 - Constitution Lakes - 9am

Join us for this special volunteer opportunitiy with Park Pride at Constitution Lakes on August 22nd! Located Southwest of Atlanta in DeKalb County, Constitution Lakes Park is a destination park for unique hiking opportunities around impressive wetlands adjacent to the South River. Formerly a brick plant, the pits where the clay was mined have filled in with water, attracting a wide array of migratory birds. For our Park Pride workday on August 22nd, volunteers will construct a new hiking trail that will connect the parking lot to a newly installed boardwalk that wraps around the back of the lakes. This trail connection will create a loop trail for hikers to experience the park. For more information and to register, visit the registration page.

German Bierfest at Woodruff Park

Aug. 22 - Woodruff Park - 2pm

Atlanta's German Bierfest was born out of the simple idea: have a day dedicated to German beer, food and music! Join in the fun at Woodruff Park in Downtown Atlanta on Saturday, August 22nd from 2-7pm. For more information and tickets, visit the German Bierfest website.

Tom's of Maine: 50 States for Good

August 26 - Online

With your help, Tom's of Maine is giving away $1 million to causes you're passionate about! Share on Twitter or Instagram that you're passionate for #parks, and also include #onewaytohelp and #GA for a chance to have Tom's of Maine give $20,000 to a nonprofit of your choice (perhaps a certain park focused nonprofit that you know and love?!). For more information or to enter a submission, visit the Tom's of Maine website.

Park Pride's Fundraising Workshoop

August 27 - Coan Park Rec. Center - 6pm

The Fundraising Workshop will share tips on engaging your community in creative fundraising campaigns for your park projects. If you are going after grants, planning a brick sale or asking neighbors for donations this workshop is for you! The workshop will run from 6-8pm at the Coan Park Recreation Center (1530 Woodbine Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30317) You do not need to be a member of a Friends of the Park group to participate in this event. Register today.

Parks Atlanta Rescue Coalition

Sept. 9 - Little Nancy Creek Park - 7:30am

On the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30am, Park Pride brings together community leaders and park advocates from throughout Atlanta for education, networking and strategy. Representatives from dozens of Friends of the Park Groups, park conservancies and the parks department visit a different park to learn more about the community efforts in that park, discuss current park and greenspace issues and support each other in efforts to improve our parks and our park system. Join us on September 9th at Little Nancy Creek Park (4012 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30342)

Park Pride's Volunteer Workshop

Sept. 17 - TBD - 6pm

This Friends of the Park Volunteer Workshop, led by John Ahern, Park Pride's Volunteer Manager, will focus on recruiting and hosting volunteers while navigating city or county rules. Every year, Park Pride coordinates approximately 17,000 hours of service in City of Atlanta and DeKalb County parks. He will share tips for common projects like invasive plant removal and tree mulching. Volunteer projects are often needed in parks and can be done at a low cost for community groups. You do not need to be a member of a Friends of the Park group to attend this workshop.

Proctor Creek Clearwater Revival

Oct. 4 - NW Atlanta - 5pm

Save the Date for the Proctor Creek Clearwater Revival! The Trust for Public Land's annual event will take place along Proctor Creek (608 Gary Avenue NW) on October 4th from 5-9pm. Join us for a casual evening with cocktails, a silent auction, a catered dinner, and live music. Sally Sears, executive director for the South Fork Conservancy, will be honored.

Love Your Block Grant Deadline

Oct. 15 - Online - 12pm

Love Your Block (LYB) is a program to support citizens and neighborhood groups who want to plan and organize efforts to beautify their communities. This year, Love Your Block will be offered as a grantmaking track of the Neighborhood Fund, an initiative of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, with an October 15 application deadline. LYB provides mini-grants up to $1,000 to residential groups in the metro Atlanta area. Submit application materials by 12pm on Thursday, October 15th to meet the deadline. Application materials are available on The Community Foundation website.

Park Pride's Cider & Donut Social

Nov. 14 - Location TBD - 2pm

Join Park Pride for the cider and donuts at this Friend of the Park social. Share stories of success from 2015 and plot plans for 2016. This is an opportunity to connect with fellow park enthusiast and learn more about Park Pride’s Friends of the Park program. This social will run from 2-4pm at a location TBD. You do not need to be a member of a Friends of the Park group to participate in this event. Register today.